By Michelle Ma WSJ Mon., May 13, 2019 Today’s middle schoolers may be the first “artificial intelligence natives,” a generation that’s grown up interacting with YouTube’s algorithm or Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker. Educators are grappling with how to teach children to be responsible consumers of the technology. Blakeley H. Payne has one idea. A graduate research assistant at MIT Media Lab who studies the ethics of AI, Ms. Payne designed a curriculum to teach children about concepts like algorithmic bias and deep learning. She tested the week-and-a-half-long program in October with about 225 fifth- through eighth-grade students at David E. Williams Middle School in Coraopolis, Pa., outside Pittsburgh. Ms. Payne, who does not have a background in education, developed the course of study with input from computer science teachers and researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her “unplugged” curriculum mainly … [Read more...] about How to teach kids about AI
Facts about new york
By Kate Carraway Special to the Star Mon., May 13, 2019 My husband, who works in the relatively stiff realm of finance, recently forwarded me an email chain between himself and some colleagues. Their messages were short, specific, and direct. No one apologized for anything. This was an email chain without any paragraphs, with only one exclamation mark, following the terminal “Thanks” (!), and without any… emotions. I loved it. It’s not often you get to wander into a magical reality so completely different than your own, and even less often that the experience comes in the form of an email you originally mistook for something sent directly, intentionally, to you. As a person in a creative field dominated by women — and as an overshare-y, feelings-y person, who communicates with and on a probably too-high frequency— my emails, are a meadow of adjectives and exclamations, with bowers of all-caps, and the occasional emoji … [Read more...] about What should we do about email?
REUTERS: The United States so far this year has recorded 839 cases of measles in 23 states, its largest outbreak since public health officials in 2000 declared the disease eradicated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.The following are key facts about the outbreak:* Public health officials blame the measles resurgence on the spread of misinformation about vaccines. A vocal fringe of parents opposes vaccines, believing, contrary to scientific studies, that ingredients in them can cause autism.* The largest outbreaks are concentrated in New York City, which has recorded at least 466 cases, primarily in the Orthodox Jewish community in the Williamsburg neighborhood, and Rockland County north of New York City, which has recorded at least 224 cases. Those figures include infections from last year and are not directly comparable to the CDC numbers.* Other outbreaks are ongoing in California, Michigan, New Jersey, Georgia and Maryland.* The disease is highly … [Read more...] about What you need to know about the US measles outbreak
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi pulled off a unique diplomatic and cultural scoop during the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session at the UN headquarters on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, delegates from the United States, France, China, Germany and some other nations showed up wearing batik or tenun shirts during the Indonesia-led open debate on peace-keeping operations. When I saw the picture of the UN secretary-general seated next to Retno onThe Jakarta Post’s front page of its May 9 edition, I recalled my recent conversations with foreign diplomats who asked about the future of the foreign minister. As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is widely tipped to have secured his reelection, the question is whether he will hold on to Retno. It is not impossible that Jokowi would consider a new foreign minister who has proven capacity not only in diplomacy, but also in economics, qualities we apparently missed over the last five years. During … [Read more...] about Do we need a new captain at the UNSC?
By Star wire services Thu., May 9, 2019 Canadian animator Steve Angel recognizes the irony that his cartoon about censorship was, itself, censored. The co-owner of Toronto-based studio Head Gear Animation produces interstitial musical shorts for The Good Fight, a ripped-from-the-headlines legal drama on the U.S. streaming service CBS All Access. Angel says he and Jonathan Coulton, an American who writes and performs the songs on which the cartoons are based, are typically given free rein to caricature the news of the day. But on a recent episode of the show, a segment that referenced censorship in China was replaced with an eight-second placard reading, “CBS has censored this content.” In a statement, CBS All Access said: “We had concerns with some subject matter in the episode’s animated short. This is the creative solution that we agreed upon with the producers.” A spokeswoman declined to comment further. Article Continued Below Angel … [Read more...] about CBS censors The Good Fight cartoon about Chinese censorship